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Many school districts are now dealing with the loss of instructional days over snowy weather that shut down schools from the coast through eastern Oregon. While the Willamette Valley schools, particularly the Portland Public Schools are working to recover weeks of missing days, the issue here is less difficult to deal with as the North Coast escaped much of the icy conditions that shut Portland down.

At the February 15, 2017 Astoria School District board meeting the school board made a decision to add two student days back to the 2016-2017 academic calendar.  Due to bad weathwer the district had to cancel three days this school year due to inclement weather.  The following days will be added to the calendar as student make up days: 


Monday, March 6, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


The March 6, 2017 student make up day was originally scheduled for a teacher inservice day.  It is now a student school day.  The June 15, 2017 will extend the school year for students by one day. The Astroia District Board and Superintendent Craig Hoppes held a lengthy discussion regarding the issue. Hoppes stated that the number one concern is always what serves the children best

The teacher's contract with the district covers the teaching staff when school is called off but the Astoria board was concerned with the loss of three paid days for classified staff who are paid for actual days worked. 


Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) had a banner year according to Executive Director Kevin Leahy who issued the organization annual report Thursday.  The report covers business support activities for CEDR and the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which are linked in terms of providing training and business counseling services. Leahy serves as the Director for both.

Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall next week in Clatsop County.

In fulfillment of Wyden’s pledge to hold annual town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties, this upcoming public community meeting will increase to 799 the number of town halls he has held since his election to the Senate in 1996.

Saddle Mountain State Natural Area in the North Coast Range is closed because large trees have fallen across and blocked Saddle Mountain Road leading into the park. Park Manager Ben Cox said rangers have been working to cut through the trees, but work is stopped because of forecasted high winds on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Weather conditions permitting, work will resume removing the trees Thursday, Feb. 16. The road will reopen when it is safe to do so.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will be closing the Skipanon River Bridge on OR 104 (milepost 4.62) for one weekend so a bridge crew can remove and replace the bridge deck. OR 104 is also known as the Fort Stevens Highway Spur Road.

The bridge will close on Saturday, February 25 at 7 a.m. and reopen to traffic on Monday, February 27 after paving is completed.

This is a 24-hour closure so crews can also fix the west approach to the steel span bridge, remove and replace the deck and pave it. Since the deck is being removed, crews will not be able to accommodate emergency vehicles or any traffic during the closure. Travelers can detour around the closure by using OR 105 (Harbor Street) and U.S. 101.

Coast Guard discovered substandard safety issues onboard the bulk carrier ship Iolcos Commander in Longview, Washington, Feb. 13, after Port State Control Officers detected violations to the International Safety of Life at Sea Treaty. The main purpose of the Port State Control program is to prevent a ship from proceeding to sea if it is unsafe or presents an unreasonable threat of harm to the marine environment.


The Coast Guard rescued two beachgoers who found themselves stranded deep inside a cave south of Yachats, Oregon, Tuesday night.

A Coast Guard Sector North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed to the air facility in Newport, Oregon, hoisted the two men and transferred them to the air facility where they were met by local emergency responders.

(Recipient Troy Foster, Pamela Keuter WHS Councelor and club president Birch Kelly)

Troy Foster, a Warrenton High School senior, has been selected for the Warrenton Rotary Club’s January Student of the Month award. The program honors accomplished local high school students who clearly make a difference in their school and/or community.

The body of a 23-year-old woman from the Jewell area, Brianna Renee Judge was located Saturday and recovered from the Nehalem River, near Riverbend Road, in rural Clatsop County.  Judge was last seen alive on January 10, 2017 in the Elsie area.

Although heart disease may often be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the United States. One challenge is that some heart disease symptoms in women may be different from those in men. A new study being conducted locally may provide more answers.

An 18-year-old South bend woman was seriously injured Friday night when the pick-up she was riding in left the roadway on highway 101 and crashed into a stump. Troopers on the scene say drugs or alcohol were likely involved.  The woman, identified as Emily Stepp, was lifeflighted to Harborview Medical Center and the police report indicates she was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

A 29-year-old Astoria man died in a single vehicle crash at 43rd and Lief Erickson Dr Sunday. The man is identified as Brandon Allen Getten of Astoria.  Getten was traveling east bound on Lief Erickson Dr. in a 2016 Cadillac CTS, when the vehicle left the north side of the roadway striking trees and going over an embankment.  Getten's Cause of Death was determined to be from blunt force trauma.

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